Max Thomusseit, Tyler Wilps and Mikey Racciato all enter the tournament as top seeds.
Pitt beings the season as a consensus top-20 team in the country and brings back seven starters.
Bonaccorsi becomes ninth Panther to win award
Match is Pitt's final EWL Dual
Dual will serve as Senior Night and Alumni Night
Four-time NCAA qualifier, 2014 ACC Runner-Up, Three-time EWL Champion, 2010 EWL Freshman of the Year
18th member of the Pitt Wrestling 100-win club
Career: 105-39 record with six pins, eight technical falls and 25 major decisions...finished with 105 career victories, making him the 18th member of the Pitt Wrestling 100-win club...four-time NCAA qualifier...three-time EWL champion...2010 EWL Freshman of the Year.
2013-14: 23-11 record with one fall, two technical falls and seven major decisions...came up one win short of becoming an All-American, losing to Iowa State's Earl Hall in the Round of 12...went 3-2 at the NCAA Championships...recorded his first pin of the season when he stuck Michigan's Conor Youtsey at 3:44 in the first round of NCAAs...qualified for nationals for the fourth time thanks to his second-place finish at the ACC Championships...5-1 in ACC duals...earned his 100th career victory by beating No. 19 Joey Dance in the dual against Virginia Tech.
2012-13: Redshirted during the 2012-13 season...tallied a 25-3 record competing in open tournaments...was undefeated in bonus-point matches going 12-0...won five open tournaments - Knight Point Open, MSU Open, AU Open, PSU Open and Edinboro Open - during the year at 125 pounds .
2011-12: Finished the season with a 29-6 record and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third straight year...came up just one win short of All-American honors, posting a 2-2 record at the national tournament in St. Louis...qualified for the national tournament with his third straight EWL title, defeating No. 22 Shane Young of West Virginia in the finals for the third consecutive year...placed first at the season-opening Buffalo Open...won the title at the Mat Town Invitational...finished a perfect 6-0 in EWL dual meets...also went a perfect 11-0 overall against EWL opponents...finished 9-6 against opponents ranked in the final WrestlingReport.com poll, including wins over No. 16 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), No. 17 Johnni Dijulius (Ohio State), No. 20 Jared Germaine (Eastern Michigan) and No. 23 Garrett Frey (Princeton)...second on the team in dual wins (14), dual points (53) and longest win streak (14) and third on the team in wins (29)...registered one pin, four technical falls and six major decisions.
2010-11: Finished with a 19-12 record and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season...finished 2-2 at nationals with a 7-2 decision over 10th-seeded Alan Waters (Missouri) and a 5-3 win over 19th-ranked Steve Bonnano (Hofstra)...won second straight EWL title with a 3-0 win over Shane Young (West Virginia)...defeated No. 5 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) 4-1...won 10 consecutive matches from Jan. 21 to March 17...placed sixth at both the Nittany Lion Open and the Midlands Championships...posted an 8-1 record against EWL opponents...registered two pins and six major decisions.
2009-10: Had an outstanding freshman season, going 34-10 for the Panthers with the second most wins on the squad...qualified for the NCAA Championships by winning the EWL title at 125 by defeating Shane Young of West Virginia 4-2...one of four wrestlers on the team with 30 or more wins on the year...finished tied for second in most wins recorded by a freshman at Pitt...the only freshman in the Panthers' starting lineup throughout the season...named the EWL Freshman of the Year...ranked in the top-20 in the 125-pound weight class by numerous wrestling publications...recorded two falls on the season with the quickest at 1:38...defeated No. 7 Brad Pataky of Penn State 15-9 and No. 8 Eric Morrill of Edinboro 4-1...went 4-1 in the Clarion Open with a third-place finish...went 7-1 at the Nittany Lion Open with a fifth-place finish...registered two pins, two technical falls and six major decisions.
High School: Two-time PIAA and WPIAL champion...honored as the 2009 WPIAL wrestler of the year, after compiling 46 victories and only one loss as a senior...registered a career record of 156-14, including four section championships under coach Brian Hutchin...a two-time Southwest Regional Champion...earned All-America honors ...participant for the Dapper Dan Pennsylvania Team.
Personal: Born March 2, 1991...son of Jay and Patti...has two siblings, J.J, a former All-American wrestler for Mercyhurst University, and Nick, a current member of the Pitt team...Economics and Communication double major.
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